The front end of the bus appeared to be crushed or ripped off, and it was completely sheared off its undercarriage. In fact, at least two patients from the crash are being assessed at St. Joseph's University Medical Center, Pam Garretson, a spokeswoman for St. Joseph's Health, told CNN.
A red dump truck with severe front end damage was also seen at the scene, about 50 miles outside of New York City.
First responders are on the scene of a crash involving a school bus and a dump truck in northern New Jersey, and there are reports of serious injuries.
An official tells News 4 the bus came from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, a public school serving roughly 650 students in grades 5-8.
The Paramus school district said in a statement that the students were headed to the Waterloo Village historic site about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the East Brook Middle School.
Greenbaum said he received an emergency response notification that people were possibly ejected in the crash, though he couldn't say from which vehicles.
The school bus had markings for the Paramus School District. Two people have suffered life-threatening injuries but the extent of the others is not known. The two other buses not involved in the crash returned to the school. After the crash, multiple ambulances arrived on the scene and police said Route 80 was closed in both directions.
The injured were taken to multiple hospitals around the state, including Morristown Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center and Saint Clare's Dover Hospital.
Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum described the crash scene as "horrific".
"People who I'm close friends with, who have brothers and sisters on that bus, started crying, and everybody just started sympathizing", Garcia said.